---Tums tablets in a little green roll or tube. My grandmother always had these in her purse. We didn't know that 50 years later doctors would recommend Tums as a calcium supplement;
---Coca Cola Syrup was a concentrated version of a coke soda, taken by the spoonful for nausea and stomach upsets;
---Pepto-Bismol, the thick pink liquid with that distinctive sweet/chalky taste was for nausea and diarrhea;
---Ginger Ale was our favorite thing for upset stomachs;
---Bayer Children's Aspirin had a sweet, orange flavor that was so good parents were eventually warned to keep the bottles out of the reach of children;
---Terpin Hydrate was a wicked cough medicine;
---Oil of Cloves was used sparingly for toothaches. I was surprised to recognize the taste in my recent temporary dental filling;
---Vicks VapoRub reminds me of my grandfather who put some of the sticky salve on his chest and a dab in each nostril if he had a cold coming on. I used it on my kids and granchild, too. It's very warming and comforting and love the smell;
---Epsom Salt could be used as a laxative but I remember my dad using it to soak his hand to draw out a deeply embedded thorn;
---Calamine Lotion was thick and pink and got all over your clothes but we used it for mosquito bites, stings, and sunburn;
---Vinegar was especially good to take the sting out of a sunburn but no one wanted to be near you after you were doused;
---Witch Hazel was for bags under your eyes, pimples and oily skin and scalp, sunburn, after shave, and hemorrhoids;
---Gentian Violet was for ringworm, a fungal infection and not a 'worm' although the infection began as a small circle and seemed to grow larger and larger. Your skin was bright purple for weeks and I speak from experience;
---Peroxide was lots of fun to see bubbling up on cuts, as a mouth rinse, and ear wax cleaner.
Medicines were not in child-proof containers and all these items were easily accessible, especially if stored in the medicine cabinet. You know, that place with the straight edge razor and blades.
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22